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Seven transport operators granted night travel licenses

09 June 2014, 18:54 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Seven public service transport operators have been officially granted night travel licences by the National Transport Safety Authority NTSA, the body has announced.

The seven companies have completed and serviced their vehicles to the level agreed by the authority to facilitate night travel.

The seven are Easy Coach, Modern Coast Bus, Mash Bus services, North Rift Sacco, Guardian, Transline Bus and Shuttle services and Eldoret Sacco.

They will thus be allowed to operate between 9pm and 6 am.

While announcing the development, transport secretary Michael Kamau said that the seven had adhered with rules earlier set by the government to allow for night travel.

" The seven have adhered to the earlier agreed rules to allow for night travel along the country's roads, he said Monday in Nairobi.

The seven companies have installed a fleet management system, provided two drivers for each bus operating at night, completed rigorous medical tests on the drivers and fitted the buses with crash protectors to the relevant buses' chassis.

Kamau also announced that there will be special licences for buses allowed to operate at night which will be in the hands of highway patrol police all over the country.

He also added that buses will only operate on prescribed routes.

" These stringent measures will only ensure the safety of all sorts of travelers on roads at night, he added.

He further insisted that the government was working to ensure other operators are licensed to ease transport at night and also that the operators would be prosecuted if any of the rules are flouted.

NTSA boss Lee Kinyanjui has previously insisted that the ban on night travel has reduced casualties on Kenyan roads to a great extent.

According to official numbers, road accidents and fatalities have reduced by 20% since the ban on night travel was introduced.

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